How to Move to a New City and Start Over Every 91 Days!

How would you feel moving to a new city every 91 days?

That’s exactly what nomad couple Mike and Jürgen is doing. Every 91 days they move to a new city and start over!

So far they have lived in more than 15 different cities around the world and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

In this interview, Mike and Jürgen share a lot of their best tips. Read on and learn how to find a great place to live in a foreign country, the best and most difficult parts of being nomads, Mike and Jürgen’s favorite gear and what inspires them to keep moving every 91 days!

Nomads For 91 Days

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

We are Mike (from the USA, working in IT and web development) and Jürgen (from Germany, photographer). We’re a couple who met years ago in Boston, and were married in Berlin. After having lived in the US, Germany and Ireland, we decided to make Valencia, Spain our permanent home. We’ve both always been addicted to travel and it’s definitely our shared passion.

How and why did you become nomads?

After having lived in Valencia for a few years, we were talking about where we should move next. There were a lot of possibilities… and we realized we could live in all of them! The idea of “constant” traveling wasn’t appealing, but by staying three months in each place, we could have a mostly normal life and see the world. The idea seemed crazy, but the more we thought about it, the more we realized it was totally possible. So, we sold our possessions, and set off.

Nomads For 91 Days
Diving In Puerto Morelos Fish Market

Why is having a nomadic life important for you?

We’ve always had itchy feet. As soon as we get comfortable somewhere, we decide to shake things up. It’s in our bones, like a sickness, and so this idea of “always” living in a new place really suits our personalities. Also, since we are married and work together, I think traveling helps to keep our relationship fresh; it’s a chance to tackle new challenges and grow together.

What have been the best and most difficult parts of being nomads?

For us, there’s nothing better than getting to know a new culture. Every place we go, we are reminded that people are all the same — regardless of the country, the vast majority of people we meet are kind, and genuinely helpful. But cultures can be radically different. We love learning about their traditions, beliefs, and funny quirks. I think that every place we live in brushes off on us a little, and affects us in ways that we maybe don’t understand at first. Travelling changes you… and it’s almost always for the better.

The most difficult thing about travelling is the distance it puts between you, and your friends and family. You miss out on a lot, and it’s hard to hear about all the fun (or all the drama), which is taking place back home. There are tools to deal with this; we call and video-chat frequently, and make sure to be “virtually present” for events like birthdays. But it’s not the same.

Nomads For 91 Days
Saigon Sunset Cruise

Where do you live as nomads?

Since we normally stay for three months in a location, we try to find an apartment. We want a kitchen, at least one desk, and enough space to be comfortable. We try and turn it into a “home”, and get to know our new neighborhood really well. AirBnb works well, but is quite expensive. Word of mouth is often the best way to find things. For example, we’ll make contacts on Twitter, before arriving, and ask locals who might know of something that fits our purposes. This is how we found our great apartment in Reykjavik; it was the friend of a friend of a Twitter follower.

Where do you usually work?

We’ll often work from cafes; it usually takes a few weeks to experiment around, and find the best ones for working. In Saigon, we tried a co-working space for the first time, and had a great experience. It all just depends on where we are… as long as there’s internet, we could work anywhere!

Nomads For 91 Days
Crazy Shibuya

How do you build a social life as nomads?

This isn’t always easy, and is one of the biggest struggles we have. Three months is usually too short to build lasting friendships, but it’s too long to go without a social life. So we make an effort to meet people as soon as possible. Sometimes, locals who have been following us on social media want to meet up, and we’ll almost always agree. Some places we’ve gone, it was really hard to meet anyone, but other places, we’ve made friendships that I’m sure will last for a long time. It’s an effort, but totally worth it.

How do you finance your nomadic life?

We earn money by running a couple independent websites, unrelated to travel. We don’t have real “jobs” or bosses, so we have a lot of freedom to live how we want. The travel blog makes a little cash, mostly through books that we sell on Amazon.

Nomads For 91 Days
Grote Knip Curacao

What inspired you to release your e-books?

We generate so much content in each spot we visit, that we realized we could cobble all our articles together without too much effort, hand-pick the best images, and create self-contained little e-books. They’re like a portable version of the blog, and look great on (color) e-readers. The books are definitely not replacements for more comprehensive travel guides (since there’s no way we can see and do everything, and we don’t even pretend), but they’re great as inspiration for like-minded travelers.

Nomads For 91 Days
Cite Memoire Projections

What kind of gear do you bring with you, what has been your best gear purchase below $100?

Since we stay for so long in each place, we tend to bring a lot. Our stays often cross seasons, so we need a variety of clothes, and we can’t just live out of a backpack for three months. If you’d see us at the airport with these huge suitcases, you would definitely not think “Seasoned Travelers”. As to gear, we keep it pretty simple. Jürgen has his camera, of course, and we just bought a gimbal to stabilize our videos. And I never go anywhere without my Kindle.

We picked up a 10-liter dry bag, which has come in very handy. There are situations we were expecting to need it for, like boat trips, but we’ve also used it for more general travel needs, like long hikes where it might rain. It kind of doubles as a backpack, and has saved our equipment a few times! Well worth the €10 or so it cost.

What is your best advice for new nomads?

One mistake we made was putting a lot of stuff into storage. These were things we considered important… but after five years on the road, we returned and realized that 90% of it was totally unnecessary. After all, we’d just happily spent five years without it, and could have saved a lot of money if we hadn’t rented that storage space. So, our big advice is to get rid of your stuff. It’s hard, but the fewer possessions a nomad has, the better. And after a couple days, you won’t miss it.

What will the future bring?

This is our seventh year on the road, and we’ve started to slow down a little bit. I don’t think we’ll ever stop traveling, but it’s also important for us to maintain our roots with friends and family.

In the future, we’re going to be taking more “breaks” at home. We’re going to continue working on the E-books, and would love to get a physical book into the works, so will also be looking into that. As far as traveling, it’s outrageous that we haven’t yet been to Africa, so that’s definitely high on the list. But who knows? The funnest thing about our project is discussing what the future might hold… we like to hold onto uncertainty as long as possible.


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